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As chief law officer of the state, the Ohio Attorney General provides written opinions on legal questions at the request of designated public officials on issues arising in the course of their duties.  The Attorney General’s Office does not prepare opinions for private citizens. The Opinions Section researches, writes, and prepares for issuance and publication all formal opinions of the Attorney General. For more details about the formal opinions process, please visit the Opinions FAQs.

The Opinions Section also maintains a listing of previous AG Opinions that have been subsequently overruled.

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2021-027

Requested by: Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney
Compatibility: A person may not serve simultaneously as a county sheriff and as a district supervisor of a soil and water conservation district when the positions are within the same county.

2021-026

Requested by: Summit County Prosecuting Attorney
A board of township trustees is a “local authority” as defined in R.C. 4511.01(AA) and does not have open-ended authority to promulgate traffic regulations but may, at the intersection of two township roads or a township road and a county road, erect and maintain traffic-control devices that make the intersection a multi-way stop, and a board is not required to obtain an engineering study before erecting those devices.

2021-025

Requested by: Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney
Data created by a county office that is merely stored on servers kept and maintained by a county automatic data processing center does not constitute a “record,” as defined by R.C. 149.011(G), of the county automatic data processing center, and the center has no authority to respond to public records requests made pursuant to R.C. 149.43.

2021-024

Requested by: Sandusky County Prosecuting Attorney
A joint self-insurance pool operating pursuant to R.C. 9.833 may not purchase an ownership interest in a foreign or out-of-state captive-insurance pool in order to obtain stop-loss health insurance.

2021-023

Requested by: The Supreme Court of Ohio
Article IV, Section 6(B) of the Ohio Constitution does not prohibit justices of the Ohio Supreme Court from participating in the vaccination incentive program.